Maxentius in Roman Biography
Maxentius, maks-en'she - us, [Fr. Maxence, mik'-
s6nss',] (Marcus AureliuSTValerius,) a Roman emperor,
was the son of Maximian, who abdicated in 305
A.D. He married the daughter of the emperor Galerius.
He thought himself slighted by the promotion of Constantine
to the rank of Caesar in 306, and excited a
revolt among the Praetorian guards, who proclaimed him
emperor at Rome in the same year. Galerius, who was
then in a distant province, sent against him an army
under Severus, who was defeated and killed by the aid
of Maximian. Maxentius and his father reigned together
for a short time, and made an alliance with Constantine,
who married Fausta, a sister of Maxentius. Maximian
was expelled from Rome in 308, in consequence of a
quarrel with his son. In 312 the army of Constantine
defeated that of Maxentius, who, in the retreat, was
drowned in the Tiber.
" Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ;" Tille-
" Histmre des Empereurs."